Premise of the Earth Summit  - 1992.06 <ul><ul><li>Need for a fundamental shift in development path </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
Key global changes since Earth Summit <ul><ul><li>Exponential growth in ICT and Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>IC...
Information Ecology: An Introduction <ul><ul><li>Embryonic holistic life science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Appreciati...
Information Ecology <ul><ul><li>Information systems as critical ecosystems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interrelated, in...
Information Ecology: Properties of Information <ul><ul><li>Zero mass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zero physical size </li></...
Principles of Information Systems <ul><ul><li>Value is enhanced by intelligent organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flo...
Gaia Mind Hypothesis <ul><ul><li>Gaia hypothesis - Lovelock & Margulis  - 1976  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Earth -...
Governance: material vs. digital economy <ul><ul><li>Material economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Governed by laws & pr...
Information Ecology: An Introduction <ul><ul><li>Integration of theory and practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Needs-b...
Information Ecology: Key Dimensions <ul><ul><li>Economic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Properties of knowledge-based econ...
Physical Information Habitats <ul><ul><li>Address book, phone book, appointment book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dictionary...
Digital Information Habitats <ul><ul><li>Web page, Web site, Internet, Search engine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spreadshee...
Information Architecture <ul><ul><li>Design of information habitats / ecosystems to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reflec...
Ecological design principles <ul><ul><li>Permaculture principles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Each element serves multip...
Information Habitat - contact database screen
Information Habitat: Committee membership
Information Habitat: Eudora mailboxes
Information as vital life support resource <ul><ul><li>Access to resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Markets - as buy...
Antecedents of the journey <ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary foundations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mathematics, economics...
Antecedents of the journey <ul><ul><li>Holistic, interfaith perspective - Taoist/Quaker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fri...
Globescope Pacific Assembly  - 1989.11 <ul><ul><li>U.S. Public Hearings on Our Common Future </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><l...
UNCED - Organizing PrepCom, New York  - 1990.03 <ul><ul><li>Information, Public Participation & Communication System propo...
U.S. Citizens Network for UNCED <ul><ul><li>Founding Member of Steering Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Structure...
Caring for Creation Conference  - 1990.05 <ul><ul><li>Design & maintenance of registration database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
UNCED - 1st PrepCom, Nairobi  - 1990.08 <ul><ul><li>Computer Communications & the 1992 United Nations Conference </li></ul...
UNCED - PrepCom 2, Geneva  - 1991.04 <ul><ul><li>Member, NGO Strategy Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chair, Information ...
UNCED - PrepCom 3, Geneva  - 1991.08 <ul><ul><li>On The Line: Interactive Preparations for the First Earth Summit </li></u...
 
Roots of the Future - Paris  - 1991.12 <ul><ul><li>Da Zi Bao - An Interactive Exchange Process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul>...
 
UNCED - PrepCom 4, New York  - 1992.04 <ul><ul><li>Da Zi Bao - An Interactive Exchange Process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul>...
UNCED - Rio de Janeiro  - 1992.06 <ul><ul><li>Da Zi Bao - An Interactive Exchange Process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>F...
UNCED - Rio de Janeiro  - 1992.06 <ul><ul><li>NGO Alternative Treaties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Educat...
Earth Summit Follow-up <ul><ul><li>Agenda 21 & Rio Agreements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Diskette distribution </li></...
Parliament of World Religions  - 1993.09 <ul><ul><li>Your Voice - Interactive Bulletin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Da Z...
Commission on Sustainable Development  - 1993.06 <ul><ul><li>Compilation & scanning of CSD documents  </li></ul></ul><ul><...
Online dissemination of UN Documents <ul><ul><li>Internet gopher for CSD & Social Summit documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
ECOSOC Review of Arrangements for NGOs <ul><ul><li>Recommendations to strengthen NGO participation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
Habitat II - Preparations <ul><ul><li>Member, International NGO Facilitating Group (IFG) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Co...
Habitat II Online: Invitation to a Journey  - 1996.03 <ul><ul><li>Earth Day on the Equinox </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>...
Habitat II PrepComs <ul><ul><li>Computer-based NGO registration procedures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Regular reports ...
Habitat II Conference - Istanbul  - 1996.06 <ul><ul><li>NGO Forum ‘96 / International Facilitating Group </li></ul></ul><u...
Habitat II follow-up: Journey to Istanbul + 5 <ul><ul><li>Habitat Online Partnership Plan of Action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
Light and Colour Cubes: Icons for a Journey <ul><ul><li>Light & Colour Cubes - Icons of One Light in All </li></ul></ul><u...
New Dimensions of Light and Colour
New Partnerships for Action: Istanbul + 2.5 <ul><ul><li>Whole Earth Partnership Informatics & Participation </li></ul></ul...
Global Village Symposium  - 1998.11 <ul><ul><li>Village meetings on the Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internet R...
Multilateral Agreement on Investment <ul><ul><li>Watershed in international economic negotiations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
Y2K - The Millennium Bug <ul><ul><li>Community preparedness for potential impact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Y2K briefi...
UN Special Session on HIV/AIDS <ul><ul><li>Information ecology and health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mapping an epidem...
HIV/AIDS - A picture worth a thousand words
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Introduction to Information Ecology: Journey from Rio to Johannesburg & beyond

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Background and history of the vital role of information and communications technology in the participation of non-governmental organizations in preparations and follow-up to the 1882 Earth Summit. The presentation was made to the Information Technology Special Interest Group at Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in preparation for the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development.

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Introduction to Information Ecology: Journey from Rio to Johannesburg & beyond

  1. 1. Premise of the Earth Summit - 1992.06 <ul><ul><li>Need for a fundamental shift in development path </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reconciliation of economic development and environment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recognition of interdependence of human activities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Development / transfer of environmentally sound technology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Broad-based participation in decision-making & governance </li></ul></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Key global changes since Earth Summit <ul><ul><li>Exponential growth in ICT and Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ICT as engine for economic development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rapid emergence of online markets </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transition to hand-held wireless devices </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Convergence of information & communication technologies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broad-based “anti-globalization” coalitions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail lists & web as primary organizing tools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Trade & investment vs. environmental agreements </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Information Ecology: An Introduction <ul><ul><li>Embryonic holistic life science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Appreciation of properties of information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recognition of information as life form </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Framework for transition to knowledge-based era </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Information - common medium for transactions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Living in an information environment </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Information Ecology <ul><ul><li>Information systems as critical ecosystems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interrelated, interdependent structures & processes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive, evolving ecosystems </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vital relationships with other ecosystems </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>social </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>institutional </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>economic </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>legal </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>cultural </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>natural </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Information Ecology: Properties of Information <ul><ul><li>Zero mass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zero physical size </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Light speed - almost zero time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Common access to properties of the whole </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Principles of Information Systems <ul><ul><li>Value is enhanced by intelligent organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flow is enhanced by intelligent networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Management is enhanced by intelligent protocols </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding is enhanced by intelligent practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digestion is enhanced by intelligent format </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Gaia Mind Hypothesis <ul><ul><li>Gaia hypothesis - Lovelock & Margulis - 1976 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Earth - Gaia - as conscious, living organism </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to respond to dis-equilibrium - chemical, biological, thermal </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gaia Mind hypothesis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Emergence of Internet as framework for “Gaia Mind” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evolution of new form of collective intelligence </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to respond to dis-equilibrium - environmental, social </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Governance: material vs. digital economy <ul><ul><li>Material economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Governed by laws & properties of material world </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Free market price of goods = marginal cost of production </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Governed by laws and properties of information, information systems & networks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Marginal cost of production virtually zero </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Zero price for most digital goods </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Information Ecology: An Introduction <ul><ul><li>Integration of theory and practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Needs-based development and application of methodology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Identification of information elements & sources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Identification of information flows & participants </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Parallel development of conceptual framework </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Looking at the world as information system </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Information as a dimension of real world </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Information Ecology: Key Dimensions <ul><ul><li>Economic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Properties of knowledge-based economies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Viability of full-cost accounting procedures </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Broad-based access to information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public participation in decision-making </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Monitoring & mapping of environmental conditions </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Physical Information Habitats <ul><ul><li>Address book, phone book, appointment book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dictionary, encyclopedia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bookshelf, book, magazine, newspaper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Atlas, map </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>File cabinet, file drawer, file folder, file card </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bank statement and check book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business card </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Digital Information Habitats <ul><ul><li>Web page, Web site, Internet, Search engine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spreadsheet, database, electronic documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email archives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geographic information system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microcomputer, Local area network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CD-Rom, diskette </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hand-held computer </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Information Architecture <ul><ul><li>Design of information habitats / ecosystems to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reflect natural structure of information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide ease of access to information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ease of review and analysis of information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ease of sharing and exchange of information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Maintenance of integrity and accuracy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reflect / reveal relationships among information elements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Simple data entry & automatic updating of information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Versatile format for generating output </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Ecological design principles <ul><ul><li>Permaculture principles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Each element serves multiple functions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Each function served by multiple elements </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Information Habitat - contact database screen
  16. 16. Information Habitat: Committee membership
  17. 17. Information Habitat: Eudora mailboxes
  18. 18. Information as vital life support resource <ul><ul><li>Access to resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Markets - as buyer and seller </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>People and organizations - address and contact information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Health resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research and technical information, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consultation, decision-making and planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Timely, clear communications and shared information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic value - e.g. as intellectual property </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Antecedents of the journey <ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary foundations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mathematics, economics, sociology, library science </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Holistic approaches, organic gardening, permaculture </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community organizing, participatory group processes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Spiritual - Tao, Quaker, Buddhism, Pythagoras ... </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Antecedents of the journey <ul><ul><li>Holistic, interfaith perspective - Taoist/Quaker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Friends Committee on Unity with Nature </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Queries on Unity with Nature </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Earthcare Interfaith Network </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community grassroots organizing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Participatory, interactive decision-making processes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Baltimore Information Cooperative - 1981 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Microcomputers for community-based organizations </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Globescope Pacific Assembly - 1989.11 <ul><ul><li>U.S. Public Hearings on Our Common Future </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Foundations for a Sustainable Common Future </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Balance with Nature </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Queries on Environment & Development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. Citizens Response to Sustainable Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Compilation & publication of Conference Report </li></ul></ul></ul>
  22. 22. UNCED - Organizing PrepCom, New York - 1990.03 <ul><ul><li>Information, Public Participation & Communication System proposal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Database of NGO participants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Launch of UNCED Global Electronic Network </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. U.S. Citizens Network for UNCED <ul><ul><li>Founding Member of Steering Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Structure / by-laws of Citizens Network </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Funding Proposal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chair, Information & Communication Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Management of participant database </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Publication of directories </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technical support for email and electronic conferences </li></ul></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Caring for Creation Conference - 1990.05 <ul><ul><li>Design & maintenance of registration database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Habitat: Where Information Lives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Exhibit booth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Initial conceptual development of information habitat </li></ul></ul></ul>
  25. 25. UNCED - 1st PrepCom, Nairobi - 1990.08 <ul><ul><li>Computer Communications & the 1992 United Nations Conference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>with Langston “Kimo” Goree </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Daily electronic distribution of reports from Nairobi </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. UNCED - PrepCom 2, Geneva - 1991.04 <ul><ul><li>Member, NGO Strategy Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chair, Information & Communications Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Diskette-based distribution of official documents </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NGO computer communications room </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>support for email access, word processing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Issues in Technology Transfer </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. UNCED - PrepCom 3, Geneva - 1991.08 <ul><ul><li>On The Line: Interactive Preparations for the First Earth Summit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Member, NGO Strategy Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chair, Information & Communications Committee </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Diskette-based distribution of official documents </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Support for electronic distribution of NGO documents / information </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NGO computer communications room </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>support for email access, word processing, virus protection </li></ul></ul></ul>
  28. 29. Roots of the Future - Paris - 1991.12 <ul><ul><li>Da Zi Bao - An Interactive Exchange Process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Database-driven participant interactive message system </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design & management of participant database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Publication of directory of participants </li></ul></ul></ul>
  29. 31. UNCED - PrepCom 4, New York - 1992.04 <ul><ul><li>Da Zi Bao - An Interactive Exchange Process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Seventeen issues </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support for NGO computer communications room </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Coping with major outbreak of computer viruses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Support for conversion and formatting documents </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparations for NGO Alternative Treaty process </li></ul></ul>
  30. 32. UNCED - Rio de Janeiro - 1992.06 <ul><ul><li>Da Zi Bao - An Interactive Exchange Process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fifty-word messages - in four languages </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fifty-eight issues published, more than 2,000 messages </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local area network with 20 workstations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Team of 10 staff & 110 volunteers </li></ul></ul></ul>
  31. 33. UNCED - Rio de Janeiro - 1992.06 <ul><ul><li>NGO Alternative Treaties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Education for Sustainable Societies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communication, Information, Media and Networking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainable Agriculture </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Compilation of NGO Alternative Treaties & Signatories </li></ul></ul></ul>
  32. 34. Earth Summit Follow-up <ul><ul><li>Agenda 21 & Rio Agreements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Diskette distribution </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>First HTML version of Agenda 21 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Full-text searchable database of Rio Agreements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Database of NGOs accredited to Earth Summit </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NGO Alternative Treaties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Editing & publication in print, on diskette an in HTML </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Database of signatories of Alternative Treaties </li></ul></ul></ul>
  33. 35. Parliament of World Religions - 1993.09 <ul><ul><li>Your Voice - Interactive Bulletin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Da Zi Bao style format - 12 issues </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Parliament of the People </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hopes, Dreams & Visions </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Proposals </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Commitments </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Summary Report: Assembly of Religious & Spiritual Leaders </li></ul></ul></ul>
  34. 36. Commission on Sustainable Development - 1993.06 <ul><ul><li>Compilation & scanning of CSD documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Diskette-based distribution </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intervention: Applying Information and Communication Technology for Sustainability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Database of NGO participants in CSD </li></ul></ul>
  35. 37. Online dissemination of UN Documents <ul><ul><li>Internet gopher for CSD & Social Summit documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Development of procedures and formatting protocols </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Directory of documents & guide for use of gopher </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainable Energy & Environment Division, UNDP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HTML publication of: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Energy After Rio: Prospects & Challenges </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>UNDP Initiative on Sustainable Energy </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  36. 38. ECOSOC Review of Arrangements for NGOs <ul><ul><li>Recommendations to strengthen NGO participation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use of information & communications technology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Systematic & timely access to documents </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Electronic mailing lists for Conferences & ECOSOC Commissions </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Maintenance of comprehensive database of NGOs at the UN </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Partnership-based approaches in use of ICT </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Inclusive procedures for participation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consideration of innovative procedures for participation </li></ul></ul></ul>
  37. 39. Habitat II - Preparations <ul><ul><li>Member, International NGO Facilitating Group (IFG) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinator, Information & Communications </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Management of electronic mailing lists </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Compilation of official documents in electronic format </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Diskette-based distribution of documents </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Database of IFG </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UN Centre for Human Settlements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Establishment & management of Habitat II web site </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Design & management of database for NGO accreditation </li></ul></ul></ul>
  38. 40. Habitat II Online: Invitation to a Journey - 1996.03 <ul><ul><li>Earth Day on the Equinox </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recommitment to principles and values of Earth Day </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A journey of discovery and exploration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Incorporating ecological design principles </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New forms of partnership </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Using the most powerful tools available </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mind and vision </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Emerging global mind </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  39. 41. Habitat II PrepComs <ul><ul><li>Computer-based NGO registration procedures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Regular reports with lists of NGO participants </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establishment & management of “Internet Café” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Email and web access </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diskette-based distribution of official documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Document conversion and formatting for NGOs </li></ul></ul></ul>
  40. 42. Habitat II Conference - Istanbul - 1996.06 <ul><ul><li>NGO Forum ‘96 / International Facilitating Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Design & planning Internet access for NGOs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Database for schedule of Forum events </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Methodology for </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Integration with database of NGO participants </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  41. 43. Habitat II follow-up: Journey to Istanbul + 5 <ul><ul><li>Habitat Online Partnership Plan of Action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Framework for role of partners in follow-ip </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Systematic use of electronic communication </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Participatory online framework </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Integrative framework for global agreements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Agendas 21 & Rio Agreements </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  42. 44. Light and Colour Cubes: Icons for a Journey <ul><ul><li>Light & Colour Cubes - Icons of One Light in All </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gateway to new dimensions of light and colour </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrate nature of primary colours - light & pigment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Framework for three-dimensional mathematics of colour </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Icons for wholeness - sustainability, justice & peace </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Correspondence of primary colours </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Red, blue, green </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Economy, society, environment </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Body, mind, spirit </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  43. 45. New Dimensions of Light and Colour
  44. 46. New Partnerships for Action: Istanbul + 2.5 <ul><ul><li>Whole Earth Partnership Informatics & Participation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Case study in information ecology & human settlements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Review of information technology in global conferences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vital role of electronic mailing lists </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information & Communications Working Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Key component of partnership </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Need for holistic approach </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Context of information revolution </li></ul></ul></ul>
  45. 47. Global Village Symposium - 1998.11 <ul><ul><li>Village meetings on the Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Relay Chat - IRC </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Meeting inside the Global Brain </li></ul></ul></ul>
  46. 48. Multilateral Agreement on Investment <ul><ul><li>Watershed in international economic negotiations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Unveiling secret negotiation process </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Integrating social & environment with economy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Key electronic mailing list for MAI updates & analysis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Information technology, public participation & global agreements </li></ul></ul></ul>
  47. 49. Y2K - The Millennium Bug <ul><ul><li>Community preparedness for potential impact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Y2K briefings for UN community </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Identification of critical threats </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mapping primary locations of chlor-alkali plants </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Relational database of water bodies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital date clock - universal date format </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>yyyy.mm.dd - 2002.04.16 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Date as an ordinal number, enabling realignment with time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Removal of ambiguities from regional date formats </li></ul></ul></ul>
  48. 50. UN Special Session on HIV/AIDS <ul><ul><li>Information ecology and health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mapping an epidemic </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vital need for accessible information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Treatment options, access and cost </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dispelling myths and disinformation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Planning delivery of health </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For people living with HIV/AIDS & vulnerable groups </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For health professionals </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For government planners - national & local </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  49. 51. HIV/AIDS - A picture worth a thousand words
  50. 52. Financing for Development Conference (FfD) <ul><ul><li>FfD and knowledge-based economies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transition to knowledge-based economies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Economics of information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The changing face of banking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internet domains - marketplace and seat of property </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public administration </li></ul></ul></ul>
  51. 53. FfD and knowledge-based economies <ul><ul><li>Transition to knowledge-based economies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Critical opportunity for the FfD process </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Magnitude of the transition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Framework for a knowledge-based economy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nature and role of the Internet and World Wide Web </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ECOSOC priorities and the knowledge-based economy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>UNDP, development and information technologies </li></ul></ul></ul>
  52. 54. FfD and knowledge-based economies <ul><ul><li>Economics of Information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Properties of information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wealth creation and the new economy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Marginal costs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Market enhancements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Full cost accounting and sustainable development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wireless connectivity </li></ul></ul></ul>
  53. 55. FfD and knowledge-based economies <ul><ul><li>The changing face of banking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enhanced opportunities for micro-financing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local Exchange Trading Systems </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Banks of knowledge </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Debt-for-knowledge exchange </li></ul></ul></ul>
  54. 56. FfD and knowledge-based economies <ul><ul><li>Internet Domains </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Seat of property in knowledge-based economy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Domain registration policies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Domain-hosting capacity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tuvalu, .tv domains and national sovereignty </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tools for business administration </li></ul></ul></ul>
  55. 57. FfD and knowledge-based economies <ul><ul><li>Public administration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Geographic information systems </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public health and education </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Access to information and public participation </li></ul></ul></ul>
  56. 58. World Summit on Sustainable Development <ul><ul><li>Information ecology: critical path to sustainability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transformation in nature of development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ICT as engine for development </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Integrating environment & development in decision-making </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Feasibility of full cost accounting </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Role of Major Groups </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Access to information & public participation of stakeholders </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Governance for sustainable development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Integrating “three pillars” of sustainable development </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  57. 59. Database-generated web sites
  58. 60. Database-generated web sites

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